From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Wilson '34

Date of birth: January 26, 1912

Date of death: September 5, 1942

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when USS Gregory (APD 3) was sunk near Guadalcanal by Japanese surface forces early in the morning of September 5, 1942.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


John graduated from the Naval Academy but resigned immediately. Fifty-eight of his classmates did so because of physical disqualification; another 43 did so voluntarily. He joined the Naval Reserves as an Ensign, DEVG, on November 15, 1934; he was still listed as an Ensign in the 1941 edition of "Commissioned Officers, Cadets, Midshipmen, and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval Reserve."

Class of 1934

John is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 on Virtual Memorial Hall.